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General Church
Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone addresses a meeting of the Africa College of Bishops in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The bishops said the church would continue in Africa after General Conference 2020. Photo by Tim Tanton, UM News.

African bishops oppose separation plans

In a statement at the close of the Africa College of Bishops retreat, the bishops said the church would continue in Africa after GC2020.
Social Concerns
Amber Ruiz and Jazmyn Blake embrace during a vigil a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 4. Photo by Callaghan O'Hare, Reuters.

Mass shootings prompt prayer, action

United Methodists across the U.S. lamented, prayed and planned for action in the wake of two mass shootings.
Mission and Ministry
Jane Marshall, seen at her piano in 2016, became a revered figure in United Methodist circles and beyond for her many anthems, hymns and other sacred music pieces, as well as her work as a music educator. She died May 29, 2019, in Dallas, at age 94. UM News file photo by Sam Hodges.

Jane Marshall, revered composer, dies at 94

Her anthem ʽMy Eternal Kingʼ became a staple for United Methodist choirs and others.
General Conference
Bishops Scott Jones of the Texas Conference and Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia Conference celebrate Holy Communion during the closing worship of the Council of Bishops meeting. Bishops discussed their role at the special General Conference during their meeting at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops urge trust in GC2019 delegates

Finding a way forward in the church debate over homosexuality is now up to General Conference. Bishops discussed how to facilitate that work.

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